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The Hobbit, Chapter By Chapter: Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire

It won’t take a genius to figure out what general direction the story is going, just from a look at the chapter title here. “Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire” will not be a transitionary affair as the … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter By Chapter: An Unexpected Party

Over seven years ago, upon receiving a nice new edition of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings, I started a chapter-by-chapter analysis that has become probably the most read thing on this site (and you can check it all … Continue reading

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Review – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer So, here we are again. One last time. Readers of this site will remember (I hope) my mammoth reviews of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug. This one will … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings. Chapter By Chapter: The Palantir

(Updated on 05/10/15) We’ve reached the end of Book Three and the mid-point of the entire story. And no, I’m not going to use the damned umlaut thing. Sue me. The heroes turn their backs on Saruman and ride out … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Helm’s Deep

(Updated on 10/09/15) “Need drove them”. No better line, early in this chapter, to emphasise the drama, tension and purpose currently surrounding the narrative. The army of good is on the march and the reader gets an objective to boot: … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The King Of The Golden Hall

(Updated on 29/08/15) “The White Rider” is one of the worst chapters in the story, in my opinion, but we’re starting on a few brilliant chapters in a row, pretty much all the way to the end of Book Three. We’ve … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The White Rider

(Updated on 22/08/15) We’re back with the three hunters, stuck on what seems, to them anyway, like a hopeless quest. The reader is well aware that Merry and Pippin are safe and sound of course, but Tolkien won’t leave this … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Lothlorien

(Updated on 20/06/15) And so begin the Lorien chapters, a trilogy that is divisive among fans and casual readers. Are they just a side show? A distraction? A tempo killer? I’ve seen them described as all three, especially relative to … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Bridge Of Khazad-Dum

(Updated on 13/06/15) One of the shorter, but more action packed chapters, “The Bridge of Khazad-Dum” marks a major point in the story, as we break off from the by-the-books nature of the quest so far and suffer some genuine … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: A Journey In The Dark

(Updated on 8/6/15) This is, in many respects, a set-up chapter, and as such, it could be very boring. A lot of action will be found in the next chapter, the most action so far in the whole plot really, … Continue reading

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